Sunday, July 29, 2007

WSI Announces Combined Cockpit Weather and SIRIUS Satellite Radio

Last Monday, WSI announced combined cockpit weather and Sirius Satellite Radio. XM no longer has a monopoly (at least for now) on satellite-based weather systems for the cockpit. Previously, only a marine package via the Sirius system was available from WSI.

Two new receivers are being offered, the AV-300 and AV-350. In addition to the weather services provided by Sirius, the AV-350 will include the Sirius audio channels. The Sirius-based weather system will obsolete the WSI InFlight AV100 and AV200 product lines. Similar as with the marine installations, WSI has extented a special transition offer to its existing InFlight customers.


WSI InFlight’s datalink service keeps pilots aware of situations as they unfold, increasing flight decision confidence. WSI InFlight delivers the most accurate, up-to-date weather and related mission critical aviation information to any aircraft equipped with the WSI InFlight antenna and receiver including the industry’s highest quality radar mosaic, WSI NOWrad®, Radar Summary with storm cell height, speed of movement and direction, lighting data from the long range United States Precision Lightning Network (USPLN), cloud tops and Canadian radar. WSI’s aviation weather content also delivers icing levels, surface analyses, winds and temperatures aloft, graphical and textual METARs,TAFs, SIGMETs, AIRMETs, TFRs, PIREPs and city forecasts directly to the cockpit. The AV-350 receivers can optionally add more than 130 channels of SIRIUS sports, news, talk and commercial-free music programming to an aircraft audio system, selected wirelessly via a remote control.

Units are expected to start shipping next month. The MSRP for the AV-300 receiver and antenna is $4,347, plus installation; the MSRP for the AV-350 $5,949 plus installation. The Weather data service starts at $29.99 a month.

To order your receiver now, see the Authorized Dealers here. Okay, maybe not. Check back; they may eventually get the link working.


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